Let’s all head over to the Hamakua Lions Club Chuckwagon Pancake Breakfast this morning at the Honokaa High School cafeteria. The Easter Sunday breakfast opens at 6 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. Proceeds of the popular annual event support scholarships, the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank, Brantley Center, youth and senior citizen community activities, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, needy children of the Hamakua area and many more community projects.
Come and pick up your delicious breakfast for just $5. There will be a take-out drive-through setup as well. Tickets are available from Lions Club members. Call Maurice Kaneshiro for more information at 775-9763, or Niyati Brown at 776-1714. Aloha all, and see you there.
The Hawaii Council on Economic Education is the premier educational organization devoted to improving financial literacy among elementary, middle and high school students. For 40 years, the council has been helping young people develop effective ways of economic thinking and problem solving, preparing them to be informed citizens and consumers, prudent savers and investors, and successful managers and workers. The council’s ultimate goal is to produce a generation of knowledgeable participants in the local, national and world economies.
The council is a unique partnership of education, government, labor and business whose programs reach hundreds of teachers each year and thousands of students in nearly every public and private school across Hawaii.
Paauilo Intermediate and Elementary School seventh-graders participated in the Stock Market Simulation game this year, along with teacher Stephen Chang. Let’s sit in and listen as the student winners talk about their experiences. The first-place winners were Trixie Hilario and Azure Tolentino, and second-place finishers were Mikaela Scovel and Pulelehua Lindsey.
So how did you choose what stocks to buy? Mikaela says, “We used finance.yahoo.com.” “We did a lot of research into stocks of companies such as Apple,” followed Pule. Then Trixie mentioned, “We researched the stocks of facebook and apple.”
When the students were asked what has been your experience with the Hawaii SMS game? Azure replied, “I found out that business is hard!” You have to see how much you have to buy of each stock,” said Pule. Trixie agreed, “You have to be careful of what you buy because the next day it might go down a lot! Well, you have to buy as much as you can in order to win.”
Mikeala noted, “I think that some parts of the stock market are kind of difficult because you have to see the chart of what goes up and what goes down.” “We learned that each stock has a price and how much it was and if it was going down or up,” said Pule.
“I really liked the competition because we found out about different companies. In the future years, we can have a good job in business and stuff,” replied Mikaela. Trixie came back with, “It was interesting because we were learning the stock market at such a young age and in the future I want to be a stock marketing person.”
None of their parents have any stocks, so what did their parents think about them participating in the Hawaii SMS game?
Trixie’s response was, “My mom thinks it’s great because she thinks its good that we are learning about stocks at such a young age.”
Instructor Chang was asked to comment on his experience with the Hawaii SMS game.
He replied, “The stock market game is a great opportunity for our rural students to experience something that is so important. It’s fascinating because the students are so engaged with the material because it is something that is incredibly real to them. It is a meaningful activity and I want to continue to participate.”
Chang was asked, “Why do you believe that it is important to teach financial literacy in the classroom?” He responded, “These kids need to learn about financial literacy because it is a topic so often ignored in our schools but so amazingly important. As a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, I know firsthand that we need to prepare our students for economics education in order for them to be competitive for jobs in the future.”
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